Unite News http://www.google.co.uk/ The latest stories Unite. en-gb Tue, 31 Jul 2012 22:32:57 GMT Copyright (C) www.rippleffect.com 15 Proposed ‘gig economy’ bill would be a major step forward for all bogus self-employed workers Proposals to tackle the gig economy through a draft bill, have been described as “a positive first step” in ridding the UK of bogus self-employment, by Unite the UK’s largest union. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/proposed-gig-economy-bill-would-be-a-major-step-forward-for-all-bogus-self-employed-workers/default.aspx tcm:11-32877 Mon, 20 Nov 2017 12:44:09 -0000 Unite seeking urgent meeting with Carillion over company’s future Responding to fresh concerns about the future of major contractor Carillion, Unite, the UK’s largest union, has called for urgent talks. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-seeking-urgent-meeting-with-carillion-over-companys-future/default.aspx tcm:11-32869 Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:33:07 -0000 North Wales workers ‘betrayed’ by councils say unions Unite and the GMB have accused a conglomerate of North Wales councils of ‘betraying’ the local workforce. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/north-wales-workers-betrayed-by-councils-says-unions/default.aspx tcm:11-32860 Thu, 16 Nov 2017 10:03:45 -0000 Unite describes CITB job cuts and restructuring as a ‘hammer blow’ for Norfolk and construction industry Unite, the largest union in the UK construction industry and the principal union at the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), has expressed anger following the organisation’s announcement that it proposes to radically alter its structure putting a large number of jobs at risk of redundancy or outsourcing. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-describes-citb-job-cuts-and-restructuring-as-a-hammer-blow-for-norfolk-and-construction-industry/default.aspx tcm:11-32853 Wed, 15 Nov 2017 15:15:53 -0000 Unite calls for Interserve talks after job losses announced Unite, the UK’s largest construction union, has called for employers at Interserve to meet with the union and discuss the company’s future. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-calls-for-interserve-talks-after-job-losses-announced/default.aspx tcm:11-32829 Mon, 13 Nov 2017 14:55:35 -0000 Shocking levels of mental illness and stress revealed problems among Manchester housing workers, as strike action resumes A confidential survey of workers employed by Mears in Manchester and joint venture company Manchester Working (operated by Mears) has revealed very high levels of mental health problems and stress among its workforce. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/shocking-levels-of-mental-illness-and-stress-revealed-problems-among-manchester-housing-workers-as-strike-action-resumes/default.aspx tcm:11-32827 Mon, 13 Nov 2017 11:14:47 -0000 Unite alarmed at unilateral launch of Highways safety ‘passport’ Unite, the UK’s largest construction union, has expressed deep concern at the announcement that Highways England has launched a new health and safety ‘passport’. The lack of consultation and secrecy concerning the new card scheme has created confusion and could doom the scheme to failure. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-alarmed-at-unilateral-launch-of-highways-safety-passport/default.aspx tcm:11-32796 Fri, 10 Nov 2017 10:24:39 -0000 Manchester housing workers announce extensive strike action Members of Unite, the UK’s largest union, employed by Mears in Manchester in housing maintenance roles will begin a programme of 49 days of strikes next week. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/manchester-housing-workers-announce-extensive-strikes/default.aspx tcm:11-32751 Mon, 6 Nov 2017 09:20:47 -0000 Asbestos workers being placed at risk as government waters down key regulations Unite, the UK’s largest union, has warned that government proposals to water down vital life-saving asbestos regulations are risking the health of asbestos workers. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/asbestos-workers-being-placed-at-risk-as-government-waters-down-key-regulations/default.aspx tcm:11-32726 Wed, 1 Nov 2017 11:41:54 -0000 JIB e-news October 2017 JIB October news ebulletin http://www.unitetheunion.org/how-we-help/list-of-sectors/construction/constructionnews/jib-e-news-october-2017/default.aspx tcm:11-32746 Tue, 31 Oct 2017 17:15:29 -0000 Strike action averted as Hinkley Point workers agree improved pay deal Potential strike action among hundreds of construction workers building the new Hinkley Point nuclear power station has been averted after workers overwhelmingly voted for an improved pay deal. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/strike-action-averted-as-hinkley-point-workers-agree-improved-pay-deal/default.aspx tcm:11-32688 Mon, 30 Oct 2017 12:35:26 -0000 Unite describes award of ethical labour standard to McAlpine as 'shocking and disgusting' Unite, the UK’s largest construction union, has described the awarding of an ethical labour standard to leading blacklisting company Sir Robert McAlpine as ‘shocking and disgusting’. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-describe-award-of-ethical-labour-standard-to-mcalpine-as-shocking-and-disgusting/default.aspx tcm:11-32675 Thu, 26 Oct 2017 10:15:51 -0000 Unite calls for action to improve Birmingham welfare facilities Unite, the UK’s largest union, has called on the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to investigate the lack of welfare facilities being provided to housing maintenance workers in Birmingham, who are directed by their employer to use toilets at McDonalds Tesco and KFC. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-call-for-action-to-improve-birmingham-welfare-facilities/default.aspx tcm:11-32659 Wed, 25 Oct 2017 09:44:29 -0000 Unite takes legal action against Mears in Wigan for unpaid holidays Unite, the UK’s largest union, is taking legal action in support of members employed by troubled contractor Mears, after the company secretly cut holiday pay. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-takes-legal-action-against-mears-in-wigan-for-unpaid-holidays/default.aspx tcm:11-32655 Tue, 24 Oct 2017 14:15:00 -0000 Mears Manchester workers overwhelmingly back fresh industrial action in pay dispute Members of Unite, the UK’s largest union, employed by Mears in Manchester are set to renew strike action in a longstanding dispute over pay after overwhelmingly voting for fresh strike action, the union announced today (Wednesday 18 October). http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/mears-manchester-workers-overwhelmingly-back-fresh-industrial-action-in-pay-dispute/default.aspx tcm:11-32616 Wed, 18 Oct 2017 14:40:52 -0000 Unite backs MPs’ call for Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd to be stripped of Big Ben contract “We urge other MPs to back this call for the House of Commons and Lords Commissions to strip Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd of the contract." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-backs-mps-call-for-sir-robert-mcalpine-ltd-to-be-stripped-of-big-ben-contract/default.aspx tcm:11-32571 Fri, 13 Oct 2017 10:19:09 -0000 Unite Sellafield workers to take industrial action in pay dispute Unite has more than 1,100 members, such as key electrical staff, who will strike; ratcheting up pressure on the management as the GMB union has already started to take industrial action. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/sellafield-pay-dispute/default.aspx tcm:11-32509 Thu, 5 Oct 2017 12:30:41 -0000 Unite to ballot for fresh strike action at Manchester Mears Unite regional co-ordinating officer Any Fisher said: “Unite has given Mears every opportunity to resolve this dispute and Mears has entirely failed to do so, so Unite has no option, but to ask our members to once again take strike action." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-to-ballot-for-fresh-strike-action-at-manchester-mears/default.aspx tcm:11-32468 Tue, 3 Oct 2017 09:34:05 -0000 Government ‘washes its hands’ on blacklisting as Unite intervenes to resolve new case Unite assistant general secretary Gail Cartmail said: “Once again the government is washing its hands on blacklisting at a time when Unite is uncovering new cases; so what you get with this government is warm words but no action." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/government-and-blacklisting-as-unite-intervenes-to-resolve-new-case/default.aspx tcm:11-32446 Fri, 29 Sep 2017 09:31:41 -0000 Unite calls on Department of Transport to review mobile crane safety regulations Unite, the UK’s largest construction union, has written to Chris Grayling the Secretary of State for Transport urging that he takes action to ensure the safety of mobile cranes when they are driven on roads. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-calls-on-department-of-transport-to-review-mobile-crane-safety-regulations/default.aspx tcm:11-32389 Mon, 25 Sep 2017 15:04:02 -0000 Unions to ballot for strike action at Hinkley Point as pay offer rejected Construction workers employed at Hinkley Point have overwhelmingly rejected a pay offer in the longstanding dispute over pay and bonuses on the project. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unions-to-ballot-for-strike-action-at-hinkley-point-as-pay-offer-rejected/default.aspx tcm:11-32359 Thu, 21 Sep 2017 16:39:59 -0000 Unite warns that rogue scaffolding scheme will affect standards and hit workers in their pockets Unite, the UK’s largest construction union, has warned that a proposed new scaffolding card scheme will decrease standards and lead to scaffolders having different skills cards for different projects. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-warns-rogue-scaffolding-scheme-will-affect-standards-and-hit-workers-in-their-pockets/default.aspx tcm:11-32278 Mon, 18 Sep 2017 09:49:32 -0000 Sellafield workers ballot for strike action in pay dispute Ballot papers for the union’s 2,000 craft and staff members at the Cumbria site will start dropping onto doormats from 13 September and the ballot closes on 2 October http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/sellafield-workers-ballot-for-strike-action-in-pay-dispute/default.aspx tcm:11-32187 Thu, 7 Sep 2017 10:15:29 -0000 HTC crane strike suspended as company improves pay offer A planned strike by Unite members at tower crane company HTC Wolffkran has been suspended following pay negotiations held today (Monday 4 September). http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/htc-crane-strike-suspended-as-company-improves-pay-offer/default.aspx tcm:11-32145 Mon, 4 Sep 2017 16:20:18 -0000 Government lifting of public sector pay cap ‘no comfort after seven years of misery’ Unite has described briefings that the government is planning to slowly lift the public sector pay cap as a ‘drop in the ocean’ that failed to acknowledge seven years of pay misery. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/government-lifting-of-public-sector-pay-cap-no-comfort-after-seven-years-of-misery/default.aspx tcm:11-32143 Mon, 4 Sep 2017 12:52:57 -0000 Unite warns industry not to throw ‘baby out with the bathwater’ as industry considers CITB future Unite the UK’s largest construction union, is calling on industry to seriously consider before voting to end the existing construction training levy and threatening the future of the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB). http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-warn-industry-not-to-throw-baby-out-with-the-bathwater-as-industry-considers-citb-future/default.aspx tcm:11-32123 Thu, 31 Aug 2017 09:16:43 -0000 Unite announces crane strike at HTC Wolffkran Widespread disruption of construction sites across the UK is anticipated after Unite, the UK’s largest construction union, announced the first strike date at tower crane company HTC Wolffkran, in a dispute over pay. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-announces-crane-strike-at-htc-wolffkran/default.aspx tcm:11-32112 Tue, 29 Aug 2017 12:51:35 -0000 Unite urges HMRC to investigate Mears’ unpaid traineeships in Manchester Unite, the UK’s largest union, has described the discovery that controversial outsourcing company Mears is advertising for unpaid trainee positions ‘as a new low’ and has called for HMRC to investigate possible breaches of national minimum wage rules. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-urges-hmrc-to-investigate-mears-unpaid-traineeships-in-manchester/default.aspx tcm:11-32078 Thu, 24 Aug 2017 12:48:42 -0000 Sellafield bosses’ crackdown as workers prepare for industrial action ballot in pay dispute Unite, which is preparing to ballot its 2,000 members for industrial action over an 'unacceptable’ 1.5 per cent pay offer, said that the management’s action showed that it was ‘slavishly kowtowing’ to the government’s harsh polices on pay restraint http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/sellafield-bosses-crackdown-as-workers-prepare-for-industrial-action-ballot-in-pay-dispute/default.aspx tcm:11-32029 Thu, 17 Aug 2017 13:41:08 -0000 Unite welcomes excellent long-term plumbing pay deal Following lengthy negotiations with employer representatives from the plumbing industry, Unite, the UK’s largest construction union, has secured a three year pay deal for plumbers employed under the JIB plumbing national agreement. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-welcome-excellent-long-term-plumbing-pay-deal/default.aspx tcm:11-31952 Thu, 10 Aug 2017 09:29:04 -0000 Sellafield workers prepare for industrial action ballot in pay dispute Unite Sellafield shop stewards have decided to go ahead with the ballot of the union’s 2,000 members at the Cumbria site over the management's imposed 1.5 per cent pay award http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/sellafield-workers-prepare-for-industrial-action-ballot-in-pay-dispute/default.aspx tcm:11-31900 Tue, 8 Aug 2017 10:36:36 -0000 Unions warn further Teesside protests expected in ‘pay the rate’ dispute Construction unions (Unite and GMB) have warned that further protests are likely in a dispute over companies failing to pay industry rates and employ local workers on the £175 million energy from waste project in Port Clarence, Teesside. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unions-warn-further-teesside-protests-expected-in-pay-the-rate-dispute/default.aspx tcm:11-31881 Thu, 3 Aug 2017 10:36:48 -0000 Widespread disruption predicted at Eggborough power station as scaffolders announce strikes Unite, the UK’s largest construction union, is warning that widespread disruption is anticipated at Eggborough power station in Goole, if strikes by scaffolders go ahead. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/widespread-disruption-predicted-at-eggborough-power-station-as-scaffolders-announce-strikes/default.aspx tcm:11-31876 Thu, 3 Aug 2017 09:43:48 -0000 Huge rise in construction bogus self-employment demonstrates urgent need for radical employment reforms Unite, the UK’s largest construction union, is calling for root and branch reforms of employment rights after new figures demonstrated bogus self-employment in construction is out of control. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/huge-rise-in-bogus-self-employment-demonstrates-urgent-need-for-radical-employment-reforms/default.aspx tcm:11-31845 Mon, 31 Jul 2017 09:34:49 -0000 Lessons must be learned from Crossrail tragedy Unite, the UK’s largest construction union, is calling on major contractors to urgently learn the lessons from the death of Rene Tkacik on the Crossrail project. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/lessons-must-be-learned-from-crossrail-tragedy/default.aspx tcm:11-31829 Fri, 28 Jul 2017 13:05:06 -0000 Unite welcomes police ‘corporate manslaughter’ probe into Grenfell fire Unite assistant general secretary Howard Beckett said: “Clearly people have to be held accountable if their decisions have caused deaths and, more so, if those decisions were made with the knowledge of the very real risks to lives." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-welcomes-police-corporate-manslaughter-probe-into-grenfell-fire/default.aspx tcm:11-31824 Fri, 28 Jul 2017 11:12:05 -0000 Unite warns HTC crane firm of raising industrial tensions in crane dispute Unite, UK’s largest construction union, has warned that the management of HTC Wolffkran is unnecessarily increasing industrial tensions, after the company issued a press release which distorted the information concerning the ongoing pay dispute. http://www.unitetheunion.org/how-we-help/unite-warns-htc-crane-firm-of-raising-industrial-tensions-in-crane-dispute/default.aspx tcm:11-31791 Tue, 25 Jul 2017 16:13:40 -0000 Striking Mears workers involve tenants and shareholders in long running industrial dispute Striking workers at Mears in Manchester are widening their campaign activity to pressurise shareholders and win the hearts and minds of tenants affected by the dispute over pay differentials. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/striking-mears-workers-involve-tenants-and-shareholders-in-long-running-industrial-dispute/default.aspx tcm:11-31757 Mon, 24 Jul 2017 15:13:07 -0000 Industrial agreement needed on HS2 to deliver project on time and on budget An overarching industrial agreement is urgently needed to ensure first class employment relations on the new High Speed 2 rail link. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/industrial-agreement-needed-on-hs2-to-deliver-project-on-time-and-on-budget/default.aspx tcm:11-31674 Mon, 17 Jul 2017 14:59:02 -0000 Construction chaos on cards as Unite ballots workers for strike action at crane company Unite, the UK’s largest construction union, has begun balloting its members at HTC Wolffkran for strike action in a dispute over pay. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/construction-chaos-looms-as-unite-ballots-workers-for-strike-action-at-crane-company/default.aspx tcm:11-31656 Mon, 17 Jul 2017 09:27:50 -0000 UK government urged to ‘stop stalling’ and give Swansea Bay tidal project go-ahead Unite is urging the UK government to stop stalling on the creation of over 2,000 jobs and unleash an economic boost worth at least £500 million to the Welsh economy http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/uk-government-urged-to-give-swansea-bay-tidal-project-go-ahead/default.aspx tcm:11-31545 Fri, 7 Jul 2017 08:05:05 -0000 Mears Manchester housing workers set to begin all out strike action 170 plus housing maintenance workers employed by the two organisations will be striking continuously for four weeks from Saturday 8 July to Friday 4 August. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/mears-manchester-housing-workers-set-to-begin-all-out-strike-action/default.aspx tcm:11-31509 Mon, 3 Jul 2017 12:36:05 -0000 HSE safety alert on hydraulic injection fatality HSE has issued a Safety Alert following a fatal incident in which an operative died from hydraulic injection injury sustained whilst tensioning the track of an item of construction plant http://www.unitetheunion.org/how-we-help/list-of-sectors/construction/constructionnews/hse-safety-alert-on-hydraulic-injection-fatality/default.aspx tcm:11-31487 Fri, 30 Jun 2017 14:39:29 -0000 Unite calls for fresh start on construction regulations following Grenfell fire Unite has three key demands: an overhaul of building regulations, the end of attacks on existing regulations and the implementation of a licensing regime across the industry http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-calls-for-fresh-start-on-construction-regulations-following-grenfell-fire/default.aspx tcm:11-31460 Thu, 29 Jun 2017 09:55:52 -0000 Unite to protest at Manchester Central in ongoing Mears housing maintenance dispute Members of Unite, the UK’s largest construction union, will be demonstrating outside the Chartered Institute of Housing’s Housing 2017 conference at the Manchester Central Convention Complex in their long running dispute with private contractor Mears and joint venture company Manchester Working. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-to-protest-at-manchester-central-in-ongoing-mears-housing-maintenance-dispute/default.aspx tcm:11-31444 Wed, 28 Jun 2017 10:41:46 -0000 Concern that new Brexit minister supports removing asbestos laws Unite, the UK’s largest union, has revealed that newly appointed Brexit minister Steve Baker MP, has lobbied the government to weaken asbestos laws. Unite is demanding that the government now provide ‘cast-iron guarantees’ that asbestos regulations won’t be watered down. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/concern-that-new-brexit-minister-supports-removing-asbestos-laws/default.aspx tcm:11-31425 Sat, 24 Jun 2017 08:21:44 -0000 NAO report reinforces call for public cash for future energy projects, says Unite Unite national officer for energy Kevin Coyne said: “The report by the National Audit Office on the financing of Hinkley Point in Somerset and its future economic benefits underlines once again the need for the government to take up ‘a golden share’ in future energy projects." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/nao-report-reinforces-call-for-public-cash-for-future-energy-projects-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-31421 Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:15:29 -0000 Unite steps up action in Mears Manchester housing dispute Unite, the UK’s largest union, is stepping up the pressure in an increasingly bitter dispute with private contractor Mears and joint venture company Manchester Working in a dispute concerning pay differentials and attacks on conditions. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-steps-up-action-in-mears-manchester-housing-dispute/default.aspx tcm:11-31412 Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:19:10 -0000 Unite seeks answers after Crewe crane fatality Unite, the UK’s largest construction union, is seeking urgent answers after a crane collapse in Crewe killed two workers and injured several other people. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-seeks-answers-after-crewe-crane-fatality/default.aspx tcm:11-31408 Thu, 22 Jun 2017 11:41:16 -0000 Unite seeks action after sharp fall in construction inspections revealed Unite is seeking urgent meetings with ministers and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after a freedom of information (FOI) request revealed a sharp drop in construction inspections. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-seeks-action-after-sharp-fall-in-construction-inspections-revealed/default.aspx tcm:11-31400 Thu, 22 Jun 2017 10:33:17 -0000